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verb (used with object)
  1. to steal (merchandise) as a shoplifter.
verb (used without object)
  1. to shoplift merchandise.

Origin of shoplift

First recorded in 1810–20; back formation from shoplifter
Related formsan·ti·shop·lift·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for shoplift

Historical Examples

  • If you've been hired to build a shoplift-proof store, you'd better know how to shoplift.

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    Cory Doctorow

  • I'll bet he couldn't walk into a store without figuring out a way to shoplift.

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    Cory Doctorow

Word Origin and History for shoplift


also shop-lift, 1820, back-formation from shoplifting. Related: Shop-lifted.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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